The Hencken Place


Hencken House Property

A New Beginning, A New Home

In 2009 Wildwood Historical Society purchased the Hencken Place property and accompanying buildings to create a new center for the group's meetings and activities. This moved the WHS out of it's former meeting place at Bethel Church in Pond and into an exciting new location to grow. WHS intends to expand the property's use including a library, resource center, and archive for genealogical research about Wildwood. They will also start holding the monthly meetings in "Chicken Coop" facility located on the property. Please help support our continued development of this facility by making a gift to the Wildwood Historical Society HERE.

Additional information about
the Hencken Place includes:

The History

Henry Hencken, son of Martin, married Sophia Bohning in 1852 and purchased this property.  A few years later it appears that Henry began renting and operating the Paffrath store when “Dutch Charley” returned to Europe for a visit.  Henry’s father, as well as his brother Frederick, operated a store in Fox Creek, the next town to the East on Manchester Road

The Property:

A little over 5 acres that stretches from the current Highway 100 to the remnants of old Route 66 at the rear.  The property has a deep well in the “front’ and a septic system in the rear of the house.  The asphalt parking area will accommodate about 25 cars without any problems.

Chicken Coop:

Hencken House Chicken Coop

Will be used as the Society’s library and primary meeting space.  Building has full heating and air conditioning and a ¾ bath. The age of this structure is unknown.

Hencken House

Hencken House

Has been rented to one of our Society members.  Society will retain use of one upstairs room to use as an office, and also maintains the right to use the first-floor kitchen as needed.  Occasional gatherings (such as the Christmas Party) may be held within the house.

Damhorst Toy Factory:

Damhorst Toy Factory

Begun in the 1970’s, the Damhorsts built this structure to house their growing wooden toy business, but Wildwood zoning restrictions forced them to relocate about 10 years ago.  This 40 ft. x 60 ft 2-story barn is large enough to house larger historic displays and still leave room for larger gatherings such as historic “dinner theater” presentations, trivia nights, etc.  The society is very open on ideas about how to utilize this large asset.

Horse Barn/Garage:

Hencken House Horse Barn

This structure dates from the last 30 years.  It was used as a horse barn and storage facility.  The society has some farm equipment display items that would fit well here, but there is still a lot of room here to be utilized

Paint Shop

Hencken House Paint Shop

This building was used by the Damhorsts to paint and apply lacquer to their finished toys.  It does not have any plumbing or heating/cooling, but might be used to house very specific larger displays, or could be utilized as a “workshop” for repair and refurbishing of items donated to the Society.